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Thousands of litres of diesel sludge found in County Louth

Six containers filled with thousands of litres of toxic diesel sludge have been found by the side of a road in County Louth.

Two of the containers were leaking sludge across the road in Dunleer.

The road was expected to remain closed until 12:00 BST on Friday.

Louth County Council spent 1m euro on clearing up toxic sludge in 2011, a figure expected to be exceeded in 2012.

The sludge is produced when criminal gangs remove the dye used as a marker in cheap agricultural diesel for illegal sale as road fuel.